Natural gas pipeline project moves ahead

By Cathy Dobson, The Observer

DAWN-EUPHEMIA — A multi-million-dollar pipeline project connecting a massive natural gas storage area in Lambton County to new supplies south of the Great Lakes, cements the Dawn Hub’s market position, says an official with Union Gas.

Construction on the 17-kilometre natural gas transmission pipeline through Dawn-Euphemia and St. Clair townships will begin within weeks, Andrea Stass said. The project will employ local trades and add $235,000 a year to local assessment, she said. It’s an important link for the underground storage area that is already one of the largest in Canada.

The recent addition of five billion cubic feet of storage means the Dawn Hub can accommodate 255 billion cubic fee of natural gas. A new pipeline will mean natural gas from more markets can be traded and stored in south Lambton. “The Union Gas Dawn facility is a world class natural gas trading hub,” Stass said. “It represents the point where Union Gas’ supply, storage and transmission systems meet.”

Ten major pipelines already interconnect to Union Gas’ system in the Dawn area. The new pipeline will link with the existing St. Clair River pipeline that goes under the river. It will allow shippers to source natural gas from all major North American supply basins into Ontario. Union Gas is aligned with major contractors from outside the area, one of which will lead the construction job, Stass said. “However, we will subcontract to local tradespeople whenever we can.”

Agreements to build the pipeline on approximately 10 properties in the two townships have already been signed. The exact cost of the pipeline project won’t be released for “competitive” reasons, Stass said.

“This ongoing work increases the value of Dawn as a market hub and shows Union Gas is committed to investing in the Lambton County area.”

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